>> reporter: people here pulled together. and the country responded, strengthening already tough gun laws. >> there was a strong will amongst the population to do it. and there were enough politicians who wanted to do something. >> reporter: dunblane learned that it could survive even. this. >> there will be a future. and there is hope. >> reporter: and the condolences to the people of newtown, one unmistakeable message. "we are with you." keir simmons, nbc news, dunblane, supreme court land. back here in this country, back in the news, so-called fiscal cliff, 14 days away now. we keep hearing there's been movement between democrats and republicans. largely because the president seems to be budging on the question of who is rich, who will pay higher taxes. chuck todd at the white house for us tonight with more on that. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. two steps forward, one step back. that's about the best way to describe the current talks between the white house and house republicans.